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A series of 12 animated TV specials based off the popular comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. All of them (except the first two, which were animated by Mendleson/Melendez Productions, famous for the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}'' specials) were animated by Creator/FilmRoman, and all of them were broadcast on Creator/{{CBS}} between the years of 1982 and 1992.

The specials use the same voice actors and animation style, at least from ''Garfield in the Rough'' onwards, as the animated series ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', though there is no official word on whether the specials should be considered to be set in the same verse as the series.

The specials are as follows:
* ''Here Comes Garfield'': Odie is locked in a dog pound, and Garfield must save him.
* ''Garfield on the Town'': Garfield falls out of the car on a visit to the vet, and is reunited with his mother. This special won an Emmy.
* ''Garfield in the Rough'': Garfield, Jon and Odie go camping. Unfortunately, a killer panther is there...
* ''Garfield's [[HalloweenSpecial Halloween]] Adventure/Garfield in Disguise'': Garfield and Odie go trick-or-treating, and while doing so, wind up at a haunted house.
* ''Garfield in Paradise'': Garfield and Jon go on vacation.
* ''Garfield Goes Hollywood'': Garfield, Jon and Odie attempt to win a talent show contest for people and their pets.
* ''A Garfield [[ChristmasSpecial Christmas]]'': Garfield and Jon go to Jon's parents house for Christmas.
* ''GarfieldHis9Lives'': An epic hour-long special where we see past and future reincarnations of Garfield (or Garfield's "Lives") . Based off a graphic novel. Has its own page.
* ''Garfield's Babes and Bullets'': A DeliberatelyMonochrome special that dramatically parodies FilmNoir. Based off one of the vignettes from ''His 9 Lives'' that didn't make it to the above special.
* ''Garfield's Thanksgiving'': Jon invites Liz over for Thanksgiving and attempts to cook the food. [[LethalChef It doesn't end well]].
* ''Garfield's Feline Fantasies'': Garfield has a imagination sequence [[AffectionateParody Affectionately Parodying]] ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.
* ''Garfield Gets a Life'': The final special. Garfield and Jon attempt to add excitement in their life.
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!!The ''Garfield Specials'' provide examples of:

* FiveFiveFive: ''Babes And Bullets'' uses the "[=KLondike 5=]" variation: Tanya's phone number is [=KLondike5=]-1234 (555-1234)
* AnimatedAdaptation: Apart from these being based off the strip itself, many of the specials featured gags and lines adapted from original Garfield comic strips. ''His 9 Lives'' is an adaptation of (some of) the original graphic novel, and ''Babes & Bullets'' is an adaptation of the originally-prose story from ''His 9 Lives''
* AdaptationExpansion: Some of the novelizations add scenes absent in the cartoons notably, the ''Halloween'' book adds a subplot about Garfield stealing a ring, which explains why he's being chased by ghosts.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: A HeterosexualLifePartners (then again, Odie's seen crossdressed twice in ''Garfield In Hollywood'') version. Garfield recurrently treats Odie shabbily, but Odie himself clearly cares for Garfield deeply as a friend, and Garfield, though he would never care to admit it, is often nice to Odie back; curling up to sleep beside Odie for the latter's comfort when Odie is apparently doomed to be put down in ''Here Comes Garfield'' (and then going on to attack the dogcatcher to save him towards the film's end), giving Odie his fair share of the candy in ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'', and bartering with The Creator to give Odie nine lives back as well at the end of ''GarfieldHis9Lives'' are all prominent examples.
* BittersweetEnding: The end of ''Garfield On The Town''. Garfield finds his way back to Jon and Odie, but he's been more or less forbidden to ever come near his family, including his long-lost mother, again.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: A strip of Garfield throttling Jon, like many others, was animated into a throwaway gag in ''Here Comes Garfield''. However, due to the request of Creator/{{CBS}}, the throttling was changed to Garfield grabbing Jon's cheeks and shaking them violently.
** Omission example: Some of the more "adult" vignettes in ''His 9 Lives'' are replaced.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At the very end of ''Babes And Bullets'', Jon interrupts the fantasy, asking "What are you doing in there?". Garfield responds "Getting ready to roll the end credits" and closes the door.
** Garfield also has a RunningGag of saying "nice touch" when something thematically appropriate (DramaticThunder upon the closeup of a spooky mansion, for example) occurs.
* CallBack: At one point in ''Garfield in The Rough'', Jon turns on the radio set, and after a WeInterruptThisProgram report about the panther, So Long Old Friend from ''Here Comes Garfield'' starts playing.
** A trumpet version of the same song also plays in ''Garfield in Paradise'' after Odie's DisneyDeath, causing Garfield [[WaxingLyrical to start saying the lyrics]].
* CanadaEh: According to Lorenzo, the teacher in ''Garfield Gets a Life'', speaking Canadian is easy: You talk like you normally would, but sometimes, you add an "Eh?".
* CaptainColorbeard: In ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'', Garfield is dressed as a pirate captain. He calls himself Orangebeard.
* ChekhovsVolcano: The volcano in ''Garfield in Paradise''.
* CoolOldLady: Jon's Grandma, who appears in both the Christmas and Thanksgiving specials.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The entirety of ''Babes and Bullets'', the KrazyKat scene of ''His 9 Lives'', and the first scene of ''In the Rough''.
* DressedToPlunder: The Halloween Special has him and Odie going out Trick-or-Treating dressed as pirates, Garfield [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal wearing a pirate hat and sporting a peg leg]], while Odie has a bandana, single earring, and striped shirt, and [[TheFool being who he is]], starts off with a peg on every leg. The ghostly pirates they run into later show more of the usual fashion sense, just more dead and decayed.
* EarlyBirdCameo[=/=]MarthDebutedinSmashBros: Binky the Clown makes his first appearance in ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'', before his debut in the strip or ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Here Comes Garfield''. It was animated by a different studio than the later specials (Mendelson/Melendez instead of Film Roman); Garfield is drawn in his early-80's style he rarely walks upright and doesn't have big feet when he does; and it's the only traditionally-animated ''Garfield'' cartoon where Jon isn't voiced by Thom Huge.
* EmptySwimmingPoolDive: Occurs in ''Garfield in Paradise''.
* EpicFail: Doc's attempt at playing "Oh Christmas Tree" on the piano in ''A Garfield Christmas''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: ''Babes and Bullets'' heavily implies that Garfield got laid. Twice. BY HUMAN WOMEN. It starts when in typical FilmNoir style, the sexy female client invites Sam Spayed to "[[DoubleEntendre have a little milk with her]]", and he reacts much as if she'd invited him in for coffee. At the end, his secretary picks up a pair of glasses and a bottle of milk, sashaying into Sam's office while throwing a few {{Fanservice}} poses, inducing an "oh wow" reaction from Sam. Also in ''Babes and Bullets'', Garfield's alter-ego was named Sam '''Spayed'''.
-->'''FemmeFatale:''' Are you Spayed?\\
'''PrivateEyeMonologue:''' I never know how to answer that question.
** In one scene, Sam says on the phone that Tanya's husband might have been tangled up with another woman, and a shocked Kitty responds by dumping a tray's worth of coffee into Sam's lap. After getting up, Sam remarks "That hot coffee in the lap was enough to give a literal meaning to my last name."
** In ''Garfield in the Rough'' there is a character named Dicky Beaver.
* IfIDoNotReturn: In ''A Garfield Christmas'': "If I'm not back in an hour, send a banana cream pie after me."
* IsThereADoctorInTheHouse: In ''Garfield Goes Hollywood'', at the "Pet Search" talent show, there is an old woman who is trying to make her pet bird, which is most likely dead, perform tricks to the audience. After realizing what's going on, the old woman asks this question.
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: In ''Babes and Bullets'', Sam Spayed says that Lieutenant Washington's blue boy shot a client in the back for jaywalking.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Garfield. Under that lazy, cynical, self-absorbed exterior, there's quite a golden heart. He deeply cares for Odie and Jon, in his own way -- to the point that, in the camping special (''Garfield in the Rough''), he '''attacks a killer panther to try and protect them'''. [[HiddenDepths He's also a really good dancer]].
** In ''Halloween Adventure'', Garfield learns too late, after jumping into water, that he is unable to swim, so Odie saves him. Once back on dry land and once they rediscover their bags of trick-or-treating candies, they head home, where, in repayment, Garfield does something he considers "totally out of character for [him]" and "a great sacrifice on [his] part": he gives Odie his half of the candy.
* LiteralMinded: In ''Garfield's Thanksgiving'', the turkey recipe says "Rub skin with butter". Jon then says "I don't know what good that will do, but okay," and rubs ''his own skin'' with it.
* ManChild: There's a few hints that part of Jon's nerdy nature is because of this. Most blatant in the ChristmasSpecial; he and his brother Doc Boy love a children's book about Binky the Clown saving Christmas so much that they make their father read it to them each year, despite being grown men, and at one point they try to wake their dad up directly after midnight so they can celebrate Christmas Morning as soon as possible.
* MarketBasedTitle: The Halloween special isn't sure what to call itself, even in the USA. The cartoon debuted as ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'', but the novelization was called ''Garfield In Disguise'', suggesting that that was the original title. Depending on the re-release, one or the other (or ''both'') will change. Some prints of the book note on the first page that the title was altered.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Garfield tries to do this in ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'', but finds [[OnlyOneName it doesn't work very well]]:
-->'''Garfield:''' Halloween is my middle name! Gar-Halloween-Field... Oh, well.
* NeverSendAnXToDoAYsJob: In ''A Garfield Christmas'', Garfield says, "Never send a man to do a cat's job", when Jon has him put the star on the top of the Christmas tree.
* NoirEpisode: ''Babes and Bullets''. Wasn't included in the animated version of ''GarfieldHis9Lives'' but was adapted into a stand-alone TV special the following year.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Many of the specials featured a character (usually the villain) drawn in a more realistic style compared to the other characters. Examples include the dogcatcher from ''Here Comes Garfield'', the panther from ''Garfield in the Rough'', and the old man and the pirates from ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure''.
* NotThisOneThatOne: Inverted in ''Garfield in Paradise''. Stranded in a tribal village, the chief calls for his daughter and her cat to meet his guests [Jon and Garfield]. The first girl and cat they see are rather homely, but then the real daughter and cat emerge, both of them significantly more attractive.
* {{Novelization}}: All the specials (except ''Garfield: His 9 Lives'', which already was one) were adapted into small graphic novels. The art in them tended to look hurried, even though in many cases the stories became more fleshed out.
* OvenLogic: Shows up in the Thanksgiving special. Jon turns up the oven higher to cook the turkey faster, but ends up ruining it.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: This from ''A Garfield Christmas'':
-->'''Jon:''' Doc Boy! My favorite brother.\\
'''Doc:''' Don't call me Doc Boy. You've probably forgotten I'm your ''only'' brother.\\
'''Jon:''' Oh. [-...You're right.-]
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: [[TearJerker Sadly]], ''Here Comes Garfield'' has Garfield and Odie trapped and alone in such a pound.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: ''Garfield's Feline Fantasties'' had a scene almost exactly like the famous tile puzzle scene from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Most of Garfield's family appeared only in one week of strips and ''Garfield On The Town'' without ever being mentioned again (except for his mom, who showed up in ''one'' other strip).
* RunningGag: Every single special has a moment where [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Garfield turns to the camera and says "Nice touch."]] These moments occur after some impressive effect that generally helps emphasize the tone of the scene: for example, in '' Garfield's Halloween Adventure'', he does this after seeing the DramaticThunder behind the haunted house.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: In ''Garfield's Thanksgiving'', Garfield's talking scale is said to have seen ''Film/CitizenKane'' eight times. (ItMakesSenseInContext)
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Garfield and Odie both scream in a ''very'' high pitch in ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'' during the song "Scaredy Cat", whenever they come across a trick-or-treater who [[TheReveal is not what it appears to be]]. This also doubles as HypocriticalHumor, because just before making the discovery, Garfield continuously sings that he may be a lot of things, "but the one thing I'm not is a scaredy cat."
* SkewedPriorities: In ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'', Garfield is more concerned that he lost his candy and it's past his bedtime than that pirate ghosts are coming to get them. (He also laments losing the boat, but that was a valid worry giving that it was their only mean of escape)
* ShoutOut: Plenty. These '''are''' ''Garfield'' cartoons, after all.
** In ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'', while digging around in a chest for costume supplies, Garfield finds [[PuffTheMagicDragon balls of string and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.]]
** Several in ''Here Comes Garfield'':
*** [[GoneWithTheWind "Rhett! Rhett! Whatever shall I do? Wherever shall I go?"]]
*** Garfield gripes about Odie, "Ten billion dogs in this world, and I get [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Tweedledee]] the Wonder Dummy."
*** When Garfield tries, but fails, to explain to Jon [[IDoNotSpeakNonverbal in pantomime]] that Odie was taken to the pound, he says, [[Film/CoolHandLuke "What we have here is a failure to communicate."]]
** There was one in ''On the Town'' to ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** Frank Nelson spoofing his ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' persona in ''In Paradise''.
*** And then, referring to the room that Jon and company have rented, the cheapest, most run-down flea-trap room in the entire hotel as the ... wait for it... "Jack Benny suite."
*** Garfield also imagines himself as DonHo at one point, while the character named "The Cruiser" seems to be a cross between James Dean and [[Series/HappyDays The Fonz]].
*** Even though Jon's car rental is a 1957 Chevy, the red and white colors and trim and the fact that the car is apparently possessed are more likely to evoke comparisons with [[Literature/{{Christine}} a certain 1958 Plymouth]].
** In ''Garfield Goes Hollywood'', Garfield has dreams parodying ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', ''Royal Wedding'', and ''Film/SinginInTheRain''.
** Several to ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' in ''Babes and Bullets''.
** The aforementioned ''Film/CitizenKane'' reference in ''Garfield's Thanksgiving''.
** Finally, ''Feline Fantasies'' references all sorts of things, such as ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' , and even ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.
* SneezeOfDoom: Odie does this in ''Garfield's Halloween Adventure'' while he and Garfield are hiding in a cabinet from some pirate ghosts. The sneeze is not only ''loud'' enough to attract the ghosts' attention, but it's powerful enough to blow the cabinet doors right open. With sheepish grins, Garfield and Odie close the doors again, and Garfield says, "Maybe they didn't see us..." Cue the ScareChord as the pirate ghosts come through the cabinet!
* TakeMeToYourLeader: Parodied in ''Here Comes Garfield'', as Garfield plays with the food on the table:
-->'''Garfield:''' Take me to your leader, earthling, or I will atomize your face!
* TitleDrop: In ''Here Comes Garfield'', Garfield does this when he decides to rescue Odie from the pound:
-->'''Garfield:''' Look out, pound, here comes Garfield!
* VocalDissonance: Being voiced by Thom Huge, Jon has a surprisingly good singing voice. It makes his supposed dorkiness particularly during his Wizard of Love act in ''Garfield Goes Hollywood'' hard to believe even with the ridiculous Elvis clothes. Then again, his tepid reception was likely because the contest was for his pets and he does manage to woo over [[GirlOfTheWeek women]] in the specials.
* WentToTheGreatXInTheSky: In ''Garfield Goes Hollywood'', after breaking Jon's guitar, Garfield says it "went to the big tuning fork in the sky".
* WhyAreWeWhispering: Garfield does this in ''A Garfield Christmas'', a monologue variation. "...Why can't they come here where my nice warm bed is? And why...am I whispering?"
* WidelySpacedJailBars: In ''Here Comes Garfield'', Garfield and Odie are [[PoundsAreAnimalPrisons taken to the pound]]. Odie is thrown into the back of an animal control truck where the bars are more than wide enough for him to slip through. Later, when Garfield and Odie are in the pound, all the cage bars are wide enough for [[FatCat even Garfield]] to walk out, but nobody seems to notice.
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